BIBLE: CREATION; CRISIS; CALLING; CONVERSATION; CHRIST; CHURCH & CONTINUATION.
ACT 2 CRISIS
This is important because crisis continues to the last Act. We chose independence from the creator and are victims of the consequence of our rebellion. We lose our vision of living in God’s creative purpose. We project our hostility and guilt on God. Why are you such a violent God? We see a darker side to humankind. It is not enough to be in the image of God. We have designs on “being God”. The culture of harmony is broken. Alienation from God begins with temptation. (Gen 3). There is development but at the same time there is chaos and destruction. We consider our association with this act in terms of ourselves and the global crises. We distort the God image within us. We exchange being loving, generous, self-giving, thoughtful and merciful for being miserly, selfish, unloving and unforgiving. We have lost our relationship and purpose with God and we are cast adrift. And abuse ourselves, others and creation. We transfer this broken relationship to others. (See events in Gen 4-11.)
The Drama of Desire Gen 3:1-13; Psalm 32; Phil 2:3-11
In order to reflect God’s image, we were told to desire the tree of life not the tree that feeds our pride. We chose the wrong tree and instead of becoming image makers we follow a “snake “which represents a subtle and dangerous desire. A desire for rivalry and violence over harmony and wellbeing. Adam and Eve undergo change. Is it the fear of being different which compels them to put on clothes? They see God as a threat. They hide from Him. They blame each other for the predicament when God asks them about what happened.
The children, Cain and Abel and offspring inherit this condition. Genesis 3- 11 almost reads like an environment disaster as society develops from nomadic herdsmen (Abel) to city dwellers including a flood. Could the ancient stories help with what is broken in us and in humankind? Could they help to understand how broken desire affects our surroundings. A consumer culture of wanting or desiring what others have. We push for bigger and better. What happens if the desire is not met?
There is nothing wrong with desires. However, whose desires are we imitating? Do we compete or create? Impress rather than bless? Defeat rather than protect and exploit rather than serve. Brian McLaren God calls us to desire, make and create in His image.
• What one idea from these passages intrigues, provokes, disturbs, challenges, encourages, helps or surprises you?
• Think about a situation where you were jealous of another person.
• How do you respond to the reading of Philippians 2 as a reversal of the Genesis reading?